The first ever Rider Nation Watch Party Friday night (Sept 15) was a big success. The 620 CKRM Rider Pep Band entertained the crowd prior to kick off, a few of the cheerleaders were there and Rider legend Don Narcisse was also on hand. On top of all this, the Riders got the win over Hamilton and improved to 6-5 on the season.
If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you probably grew up watching, or listening, to Rider greats like Don Narcisse, Dave Ridgway, Bobby Jurasin and many others make plays out on the field. It’s great to hear when one learns that some of them still choose to make Regina, and Saskatchewan, their home.
Flashback to Friday now. I’m not a fella who likes asking for pictures with people but sometimes one just wants a picture for sentimental reasons. So, with the help of Gloria Evans, I was able to meet Don Narcisse Friday evening. We chatted for a bit until I finally asked if we could get a picture. He said absolutely! So, Gloria grabbed my camera, we got into place, and Don took off his 89 Grey Cup Ring and put it on my middle finger. This was the start of the Grey Cup ring flip.
I could feel that the ring was probably stuck on my middle finger, just slightly above the knuckle. There was no way this ring was coming off. I was smiling during the picture, but the whole time I’m wondering how I’m going to get Don Narcisse’s ring off. After the picture we chatted some more, mostly because I could not get this Grey Cup ring off. I was twisting, pulling, and tugging and fearing we’d have to go to the concession stand to butter it up. I finally confessed to everyone involved that the ring was stuck…at which point it decided to dislodge itself from my finger and go flying through the air.
This is were everything felt like it was going in slow motion. We were all looking at this ring flying through the air and mouthing the word “nooooooooooooo!” Thankfully, I conjured up my inner Don Narcisse and made a catch for the ages. As the ring began to succumb to gravity, it fell safely into my right hand with all of us breathing a sigh of relief. I quickly handed it back to him.
Don, being the class act he his, laughed it off and we said our goodbyes. Meanwhile, red faced and horribly embarrassed I decided it was time to go home, proving once again, that you can dress me up, but you sure can’t take me out!